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How Rosh Hashanah influences the stock market

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2011

Researchers have discovered that Jews control the stock markets – for two days of every year.

A new study by academics at Nova Southeastern University in Florida shows that Rosh Hashanah has an impact on the stock market.

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Australia set to vote against Palestinian bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

The Australian government is expected to announce within 24 hours that it will vote against a Palestinian attempt to unilaterally declare statehood.

The Palestinian Authority is set to apply to the Security Council for full membership during the United Nations session on Friday.

The move has been vocally opposed by the US and Israel, but is supported by many EU countries.

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Natalie Portman to produce television series

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is to move behind the scenes for her new project.

The Jewish star, who recently gave birth to her first child, is to be an executive producer for a new television series about privileged Americans.

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Abbas: Palestinian UN bid will make things difficult

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Palestinian president has admitted that a unilateral bid for statehood will open a "difficult" situation in Middle East politics.

Mahmoud Abbas made the comments ahead of Friday's UN session in which the Palestinians are expected to ask the Security Council for full membership.

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Palestinian activists hack religious Jewish Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

A social networking site for the strictly Orthodox has received an unwelcome visitor.

A pro-Palestinian hacker accessed the FaceGlat site this weekend and changed its homepage to show a message of Palestinian solidarity.

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Strauss-Kahn rules out French presidential run

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has announced that he will not run as President of France despite assault charges having been dropped against him over an alleged sexual attack in a New York hotel in May.

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Canadian student cries antisemitism over lecture

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

A Jewish student who misunderstood a lecturer's comment and accused him of antisemitism has refused to admit wrongdoing.

Sarah Grunfeld was one of 450 students in a social sciences class at Canada's York University when she heard a professor state: "All Jews should be sterilised".

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Rick Perry goes kosher to win Jewish vote

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

US presidential hopeful Rick Perry is hoping to cook up some Jewish support with a kosher reception this week.

According to the Politico website, the Texas governor's campaign team ha s organised an £1,600-a-head event for donors at a Manhattan hotel which will include a kosher menu.

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Sarah Jessica Parker's unkosher drinking game

By Anna Sheinman, September 15, 2011

Jewish actress Sarah Jessica Parker has suggested a not-so-kosher drinking game for her new film I Don't Know How She Does It.

In an interview with gossip website PopSugar she suggested that every time viewers saw her character's husband (played by Greg Kinnear) eat bacon, they should drink.

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Rabbi obstructs fraud probe, citing Talmud

By Ellen Tumposky, September 15, 2011

A US federal judge is weighing the fate of a Chasidic rabbi who is citing Talmudic law as a justification for his refusal to testify against fellow Jews before a Los Angeles grand jury investigating tax evasion.

Moshe Zigelman, who was the executive assistant to Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz of the Brooklyn-based Spinka sect of Chasids, received a two-year sentence in 2009 after he pleaded guil

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